Nebraska City teed off its golf season with a fifth place finish in a seven team tournament at the Auburn Golf Course on Monday.
Zach Benton led the team with a 98 and had the team’s lone top 10 finish at eighth.
Other shooters for Nebraska City were Zac Albrecht, 98; Nick Burns, 102; Logan Martin, 103; and Tyler Collman, 108.
Nebraska City shot 397 as a team.
Humboldt-TRS won the meet with a 373 and Falls City came in second with a 373.
Nebraska City Coach Scott Kinnison said the round wasn’t as good as what his shooters had hoped for.
“I thought we could have played a little better overall,” Kinnison said.
The experienced golfers on the team might have been able to shoot a bit better. That was the bad news.
On the plus side, Coach Kinnison saw some good things from the inexperienced players who were getting their first significant varsity action.
Looking at the round of his medalist, Kinnison said he was happy about Benton’s back nine score.
“The front nine was not what he expected, nor did I,” said Kinnison, adding that Benton, who had shot better practice rounds, seemed to be struggling to get the most out of his iron play. “It was good to see him bounce back.
“For him to get a medal, that was a good start,” Kinnison said.
Nebraska City won’t return to action until Monday for the Lincoln Pius X Invite.
The coach noted that his team is already hard at work, improving their game for the next challenge. Kinnison said the Pioneers had a good practice on Tuesday in a session that focussed on areas in which the players had struggled at Auburn.